Roundhouse | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry-hopping yields a heady blend of fruity aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus. Those aromas continue into a crisply bitter hop presence across the tongue, but the judicious use of toasted and caramel specialty malts prevents the hop intensity from overwhelming the palate.

Locally sourced Michigan honey creates a smooth, dry finish that pulls everything together.

The India Red Ale style is a variation on the IPA, but with more caramel and toasted malt character and a reddish hue.

Roundhouse was first brewed at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo in 2009.

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 592
Photo of MikeWard
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 8/3/17,so about 10 months old. do"h!

murky brownish red body with small off white head leading to decent enough lacing.

aroma is malty.

all malt on the taste, slight hop hit towards the end.

well above medium on the mouth, slightly bittersweet on the finish.

overall, given the age, drinkable and not unpleasant in any way. I'm a little ticked off at myself for picking this up at a trusted place and not checking the date properly. will re-review if i ever come across a fresher one.

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Photo of Lahey
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good red. Has a clear red/amber color. Light caramel and hop smell. Flavor is that of a hoppy red ale. Crisp and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is thinnish but appropriate for the style. Overall a good beer. I appreciate the hops involved, gives it a little more haracter to the beer. Worth a try by anyone interested.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyable. Honey was an asset to a decent body, flavor and malt bill consistent with abv. Decent hoppiness..maybe more PA than IPA, but still very tasty

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy, dark crimson red that almost looks light brown in the glass. Topped by a big, creamy tan head that dies down after a few minutes, leaving copious lacing.

S: Sweet citrus; blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, orange peel, pine, earth, hop spice; caramel, honey, dark brown bread.

T: Lots of juicy citrus; blood orange, ruby red grapefruit. A lot of pine sap, and fennel/hop spice. Smooth caramel malt backbone, sweet, but not cloying. Honey adds extra sweetness, culminating in a nice cherry note on the finish. Mild to moderate citrus-pine bitterness provides balance.

F: Medium-bodied, moderately-carbonated. Smooth and slick with both residual sugars and hop oils. Finishes slightly sweet but with lots of balancing bitterness.

O: A solid red ale. I'm really enjoying it.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 7.5%

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with a noticeable red tint. High, fluffy light tan head. Low clarity

Smell- Dark grainy, aroma similar to dark bread. Hops and honey linger in the nose as well.

Taste- A dark malt base, rye like. Builds sweeter, some caramel as well. Honey is another taste that comes in, adding more sweetness. Hop bitterness mixes, more of a grassy bitter hop rather than grapefruit or pine. Ends with an earthy bitterness, still retaining some of that honey taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- An interesting red ale. Smooth, subtle flavors that blend well. NIce addition with the honey. Nice rye like malt profile as well.

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Photo of NathanBeets
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Without a doubt my least favorite brew from Bell’s.

If you see it, I guess I would buy a can just to give it a shot. But I regret buying the six pack.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

interesting this one...I swear I'm tasting apple, and liking it! Roundhouse is a very unique spin on the IPA, if that's what is it is (India Red Ale???) . Extremely drinkable even at 7.5%, does Bell do anything that's questionable...haven't found one yet!!

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a deep amber color with a very light tan colored head thumb sized with descent lace.

Aroma is nice caramel malts smells a little chewy with a good dose of citrus hops mango, orange and sweet honey.

Taste is like the nose good rich amber ale, caramel malts, sweet honey and hop grapefruit rind bitterness with some citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid medium or a touch more with fairly level carbonation.

Overall a good solid drinkable amber ale from a good dependable brewery, can't go wrong here.

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Photo of twage04
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep copper with medium carbonation. Aroma is of malt and hops. Lots of fruity hops and malt in the taste. Reminds me more of a hoppy amber than a IRA, but this was a good thing! The malt profile was robust with a hint of toffee or chocolate without being sweet.

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Photo of andrewh995
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with an off white head. Smells of honey, malt, and hops. Tastes of citrus, honey, sweet caramel malt, and bitter hops. Medium creamy body with medium carbonation. Overall a very delicious red APA but in my opinion it’s definitely more of an IPA due to the heavy hop profile.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: crisp, pineapple fruit, caramel malt, slight hop to clean finish. Same with the nose. Mahogany/Red hue, semi clear, delicate lace to smaller head. Medium body. Balance for most part, maybe a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz can (“PKGD 091217”) poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Clear amber brown with a foamy head of khaki bubbles; nice, patchy lace.

Smell: Mellow caramel malt, slight citrus and spice.

Taste: Warm, toasty malt body with rye spice, caramel malt, toffee, citrus and earthy hops. Finishes with herbal bitterness paired with pleasant honey notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nicely hoppy red ale with a good balance of malty warmth, rye spice and hop bitterness.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good Amber/Red Ale. Pours an almost clear amber color from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Big khaki head frothy head with excellent retention and thick partial bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus and floral hops with caramel malt. Flavor is more of the same. A nice level of bitterness blended skillfully with sweet caramel malt ( and perhaps the honey) that provide a good balance. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The bitterness is fairly substantial but the sweet maltiness provides a perfect balance. A very drinkable ale.

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Photo of DavidRandall
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a huge Bell's fan. Many of their beers are average. This is well above average. From the first hoppy sniff to the last drop, a very good beer. Congrats Bell's for getting back to making beer that Budweiser wouldn't make

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber/pale brown producing 3 fingers of somewhat lasting, frothy, khaki head that leaves scattered streaks & motes of lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, toast, nuts prominent followed by tropical, citrus & earthy hops. Taste is less hoppy being mostly toffee, honey, toast & nutty notes with more intense earthy hops than in the nose but ghosts (for Halloween) of tropical & citrus haunt this brew deep in the background. The sip finishes with caramel, toast & nuts, fruit, some pepper & a light hop bitterness. Afrertaste is malty but dry & slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, wet & juciy with very little prickle & drying in the aftertaste.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 10/07/17

Appearance - Served up in a 12oz glass, copper red in color with a thin, sandstone colored head floating atop. Lacing can be found decorating the glass in broken lines and spotting.

Smell - Moderate aroma, hitting lightly on hops with a floral note and underlying citrus and spice. Malts come through with a bit of caramel character.

Taste - Nice balance on the tongue with the spice, floral and citrus hoppiness marrying up nicely to the caramel malt base, delivering a pleasant drinking experience. A hint of tangerine brightness in there. Light spice and a hint of pith lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, slightly silky texture before a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Overall - Nice, easy drinking IRA with great flavor. I should have grabbed a sixer, but so many beers to try while I'm here in the Midwest on business. I'll keep my eyes peeled next time I'm in SoCal or Vegas.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can fated 9/12/17 poured into a teku glass

Translucent reddish orange liquid , thick, billowy , frothy two finger off white foam cap , good lacings

Aroma of pineapple, citrus, peach

Taste of tropical hops over malts

Good sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt hazy red, with a darker hue at the top and a dense, khaki foam that recedes slowly.

Smell is mildly dank with pine and orange.

Taste is sweet orange, grapefruit and lemon at first, followed by woody pine and faint toast. Toasty nut emerges more with time.

Frothy and nicely crisp with a full body and semi-dry finish.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

darker than expected color. smell is piney bitter hops. the head lingered and made thick rings on the pint glass (draft pour). not getting any honey taste. think amber mixed with a lot of bitter hops. Nice beer!

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Photo of moundbz
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice thick caramel pour with a foamy head, partially my fault on head size. Easy smell, nothing super dank. Real smooth taste with not much aftertaste. Great beer out of a can!

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear reddish amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2" light tan fluffy head with lots of bubbles that merge to become larger ones while leaving behind a ring and a few long leggy patches of lacing as it recedes to a thick ring around the glass and some persistent foam on the surface. Sipping clears the side of the glass leaving a few small scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas feature the citric hops with some additional fruit such as pineapple supporting the citrus. The malts are in here as well with a nice caramel and toasted character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some bitterness along with the citrus and pineapple. Some sweetness from the toasty caramel malt softens the bitterness a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of slight prickliness from the persistent small bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the citrus, pineapple and toasty malt sweetness move to the back of the palate and fade away leaving the persistent bitterness that becomes a nicely dry ending that goes on for quite a while.

On the whole a well made beer that is enjoyable to drink and I'd like to have it again. However, the flavors are just intense enough that I'd probably not have more than one an evening.
Worth a try.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am on a CANQuest (tm) for a little while to give myself a break from eradicating The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I've been away for so long that it's good to be back.

From the CAN: "India Red Ale Brewed with Honey"; "This IRA frestires bright, juicy, tropical fruit and citrus aromas balanced with a judicious amount of toasted and caramel specialty malts."

I am becoming accustomed to a gentle Glug following the Crack! since I just do not feel like ChANcing a mess that I will have to clean up afterwards. My in-glass swirl led to the creation of two fingers of puffy, foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an interesting mélange of caramel & honey sweetness, tropical fruitiness, light citrusiness and an AmeriCAN hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste began with a honey & caramel sweetness, but slowly, the tropical fruity & grapefruit hops flavors began to assert themselves. I liked the way that so many varying flavors worked so well together. It was a really interesting take on a passed-over style from the early days of microbrewing. Finish was semi-dry and it was an eminently drinkable beer. I could see this being kind of dangerous in the cooler at the beach, given its ABV and drinkability.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P- Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Funky Buddha snifter.No date on the can.

L- Frothy light khaki colored head that stands 1 finger tall,with very good retention and sticky lacing.Hazy ruby red body with low clarity,and distorted light showing through the glass.Heavy amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get caramel and toasty malt notes,backed up by some light tropical fruit and cherry notes.

T- On the palate I get bitter pine hops up front,toasty caramel malts in the middle,and cherries on the back end with some more toasty malts to balance it.

F- The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly sticky,with a good amount of oxidation on the tongue.Slightly dry on the finish.

T- This is a pretty decent beer.Nit something I would drink all the time,but something I would drink again.Give it a try and decide for yourself.

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Photo of Crunchyrev
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bells normally is solid. Hadn't had Roundhouse before. Very enjoyable. Honey at first. Kind of traditional red in the middle and then hoppy IPA bitter flower finish. Solid

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Just picked this up today however when I got home I learned that the canning date was 8/31/16 and the beer has a shelf life of 6 months, per the brewer. Today is a little over 7 months from the canning date, so hopefully it will still be okay.

L: A hazy caramel red with an ample amount of tan head.

S: Strong red fruit and tropical fruit aromas, including cherry and mango. Also can detect some honey and sweet malts

T: The taste is interesting. The hopiness is perhaps a bit more from what I would have expected given the smell. The honey and malts come through more in the taste, but the fruitiness is diminished, though still detectable.

F: Medium-full bodied. Feel is pretty syrupy, more than I like. Carbonation is moderate-light.

O: Overall a good beer. I wish the feel was less syrupy and I wish the hops were brought down in the taste in order for the fruit flavors to stand out more.

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Roundhouse from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 592 ratings